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How to Choose the Right Size TV Stand

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A TV stand is a common installation in living rooms, family rooms and home theaters; however, TV stands aren’t a frequent purchase, so it can be difficult to know how to find the right size for your space.

To make sure you choose the best TV stand for your needs, be sure to consider:

Your TV’s Size & Shape

Holding your TV is a TV stand’s primary purpose, so you want to make sure you purchase a stand with adequate width and depth to support the one you own.

Any TV stand should be at least a few inches wider on each side than the TV that sits on it; however, remember that a TV’s display size is not its actual width, but is based on the diagonal measurement of the screen. So, a 50-inch TV is not really 50 inches wide. This sizing translates to width differently depending on your TV’s physical aspect ratio. Widescreen TVs have a 16:9 aspect ratio, while most traditional CRT TVs are 3:4.

TV Aspect Ratios Examples

Reference the charts below to find the best stand sizes for your TV.

Note: For a corner TV stand, you’ll want to ensure the front side of the stand measures at least a few inches wider than the recommended minimum size to account for the tapering shape of the stand.

Measurements for TVs with a 16:9 aspect ratio:

Measurements for 16:9 aspect ratio

Measurements for TVs with a 3:4 aspect ratio:

Measurements for 3:4 aspect ratio

Your Space

For the TV stand to complement your room as a whole, it needs to fit the proportions of the space. While the perfect size will be a matter of opinion and preference, you want to be sure you don’t end up with a piece that crowds your room or is dwarfed by it.

If you’re going big to stay proportional with a spacious living room, an extra-wide TV stand can provide a great opportunity to add décor elements that can make your space feel more finished. Conversely, a small stand for a more compact space can offer a simple, more minimalist feel.

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Your Coordinating Furniture Dimensions

The dimensions of your other furniture pieces can help you determine the ideal height for your TV stand to give you the best viewing angle; too low or too high could cause ergonomic issues. To prevent neck strain, you want to make sure the center of your TV is around eye level when seated.

Your TV Stand’s Purpose

Consider whether this stand is solely for supporting your TV or if you plan to use it for storing other media and accessories. If you want to keep it minimal, something smaller or open will work great; however, if you need to stow a cable box, gaming systems and your movie collection in the piece, you may want to opt for something a bit larger. There are plenty of options that provide drawers, cabinets and shelves to tuck all these accessories away.

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